Hide internet searches by browsing privately

Have you ever wondered how to search the internet without leaving a trail? You can, for the most part. It’s called Private Browsing and essentially all internet browsers have the option.

It will allow you to hide internet searches, and any other information you leave behind. All you need to do is click on the option before you start searching and you won’t leave a trail of history, cookies, bookmarks and non-private history like normal searching would collect.

Face it, most of us have probably looked up something online that would make our faces a bit red if someone found out. Whatever your reason for going undercover, private browsing will help keep other people from being nosy.Now, while private browsing is useful, it’s not all powerful.

Private browsing won’t protect you from keyloggers, tracking programs, nasty viruses after your personal info, or government surveillance efforts. But as far as the average Joe is concerned, your private online activities will remain shrouded in mystery.There are so many browsers and so many versions. I’ll how you how to find Private Browsing in some common browsers. But if you do a little looking, it shouldn’t be too difficult to spot.

Firefox 4

Open up the bright orange Firefox menu in the top-left corner of your browser window. Click “Start Private Browsing.” If this is the first time you’ve used Private Browsing, you’ll get the following message. Go ahead and check that box to avoid getting the same message every time.


Once you’ve got Private Browsing active, the orange Firefox button will turn purple, and the address bar will be marked with an icon of a mask.


To stop Private Browsing, go back to the Firefox menu and click “Stop Private Browsing”. Your non-private tabs will appear right where you left them.


Now, if you’ve currently got the Menu Bar active within your Toolbar settings, you won’t see an orange button in the top-left corner. Instead, you’ll find the “Start Private Browsing” option within the Tools menu. Everything else will work exactly the same way.

Google Chrome

Open up the Settings menu. It’s the little wrench-shaped icon in the top-right corner. Click “New incognito window.” That’s right. You’re about to go incognito.


Chrome will open up a separate window for your private browsing needs. Your original window will remain in the background. Appropriately enough, Incognito mode is marked with a little fedora-clad gumshoe.


To return to normal browsing, just close the Incognito window.

Internet Explorer 9

See that little gear in the top-right corner? Click it.


Next, mouse-over the Safety menu. Click “InPrivate Browsing.”


Like Chrome, IE9 will open a new browser window, leaving your open tabs intact. You’ll know the InPrivate browsing window by the dark blue “InPrivate” icon to the left of the address bar.

Close the InPrivate window whenever you’re ready to stop being sneaky.

If you’d like specific instructions on how to find Private Browsing on your browser, leave a comment and I’ll help you out. Good luck and happy searching.

Josh Benson

Josh Benson

Josh is the Editor of and supreme geek to boot. He spends much of his time learning new software, coding languages, gadgets and more. He loves helping people figure out tech problems - big or small. Josh is a former television news anchor and tech reporter. He spends his days developing websites and producing videos.

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